Already thinking about goals for next school year….Something I definitely need to improve on is building a “classroom community.” I realized by the end of the school year, that some students still didn’t know their classmates’ names. (My classes are a mix of 9-12 graders. I do a few icebreakers at the beginning of the year, but after that, it’s hard to implement them once we got rolling on a project. Doesn’t help that my classes can have up to 36 students too.)
My 3rd period, which eventually shrank to 29 students, became very social with each other (in a GOOD WAY), and some of them noticed this because of the small class. HMMMMMM…..
I also need to be more positive and supportive of EVERYONE.
It’s just…you have that one or two students who chooses to take the easy way out with every project, or tries to do the bare minimum (and makes excuses for why they feel that they don’t have to follow project requirements), or just does no work at all…(I found that if a student got really behind on a project, usually because they were truant several days in a row, they just stopped working.)
I tried calling a few parents about these students, explaining the situation and how that affects their grade, and one of the moms’ replied (son was a 9th grader), “Well if he doesn’t like the work, he won’t do it.”
Thanks. That helps.
Some of the parents I could never reach. Makes you really think about what’s going on at home…